June 2013 Issue - Forsyth County Government

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June 2013 Issue - Forsyth County Government

JUNE 2013Monthly Newslet ter of FORSYTHCOUNT YSPLOST VI Progress UpdateSPLOST, or Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, isa voter-approved, one-percent sales tax that has beenin effect in Forsyth County since 1983. For every dollarspent in Forsyth County that is subject to sales tax, onepenny goes into a fund devoted to certain, identifiedcapital improvement projects.Forsyth County’s current SPLOST program, SPLOST VI,was approved by voters February 5, 2008, and wentinto effect July 1, 2008. It will expire June 30, 2013. Theprojects below are just some of what has been funded bythe SPLOST VI penny sales tax collected to date.is why infrastructure projects such as therecent expansion to the Forsyth CountyWater Treatment Plant are crucial to servingour county’s water needs.The expansion of the Water Treatment Plantwill further enhance the quality of f inishedwater, increase eff iciency and allow for anadditional 12 million gallons of water to betreated daily. Keeping in mind the county’spotential future growth and related needs, itwas constructed in a manner that will allowfor additional expansion in the future aswell.Commissioner’s CornerWater plays a critical role in our lives. ThatNew Ladder Truck for Fire DepartmentAn additional 100-foot aerial fire apparatus, oftenreferred to as a ladder truck, joined the Fire Departmentfleet in July 2012.Transportation ProjectsNew Fire Station 3Construction of new Fire Station 3 in the Matt areaof northwest Forsyth County is underway andslated for completion this summer. The new, twobaystation will be located on Wallace Tatum Roadand will replace the current station located nearbyon Doctor Bramblett Road. The project is fundedby SPLOST VI and Impact Fees.SPLOST VI-funded projects completed recently include installation of a traffic signal at SR 141 and StoneyPoint Road; reclamation of Kelly Mill Road from the Cumming city limits to Bethelview Road; wideningof Old Atlanta Road from James Burgess Road to Nichols Road; reclamation of Chattahoochee Road fromHoltzclaw Road to Shady Grove Road; reclamation of Gilbert Road from Old Atlanta Road to Trammel Road;two culvert projects – one on Watson Road at Yellow Creek and one within the Grand Cascades subdivision;and intersection improvements at Jot-em-Down Road at Pea Ridge Road and Mayfield Drive; SR 9 at HopewellRoad; Old Atlanta Road at Gilbert Road and Northern Oaks Drive; and SR 371 at Dickerson Road, Drew Road,and Pittman Road. To date, SPLOST VI has funded the resurfacing of 894 roads, covering more than 293 miles.Park ImprovementsImprovements to severalparks were funded in 2012by SPLOST VI, includingthe resurfacing of a parkinglot at Poole’s Mill Park andadditional parking spacesat Midway Park.Post Road Library underconstructionPost Road LibrarySPLOST VI is helping to fund the new Post Road Library, which will becomethe county’s fourth library branch. Located on the west side of Post Road,about a quarter of a mile south of the Drew Campground/Kelly Mill Roadintersection, the new Post Road Library is expected toopen later this summer.This project represents Forsyth County’songoing commitment to providing superiorwater and sewer services to our citizens andmarks yet another step forward in ForsythCounty’s planning and preparation for ourcommunity’s future. We extend our sincerethanks to the citizens of Forsyth Countyand to all those who were involved in thisimportant project. For more details aboutthe Water Treatment Plant expansion, seethe article in this issue of The Current.Forsyth County is proud of the quality waterwe are able to provide to our citizens. Nexttime you reach for bottled water, considerdrinking county water instead. Not only isthe county’s water clean and healthy but, bynot using a disposable bottle, it will also bea good choice for the environment.Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.Sincerely,R.J. (Pete) Amos, Chairman


Our CommissionersDistric t 1Distric t 2Distric t 3Distric t 4R.J. (Pete) AmosChairmanrjamos@forsythco.comPhone 678.513.5881Fax 770.781.2199Brian R. TamSecretarybrtam@forsythco.comPhone 678.513.5882Fax 770.781.2199Todd LeventMembertlevent@forsythco.comPhone 678.513.5883Fax 770.781.2199Cindy Jones MillsMembercjmills@forsythco.comPhone 678.513.5884Fax 770.781.2199Water Treatment PlantExpansion CompleteOn May 23, Forsyth County officially dedicated the recently completedexpansion of the Forsyth County Water Treatment Plant. An open house washeld, providing citizens an opportunity to tour the new portion of the plant.The county opened the Water Treatment Plant, which is located on AntiochRoad, in 2000. The new expansion to the plant features membrane technologythat increases the total capacity that can be treated at the plant to 28 milliongallons of water daily.“In addition to enabling us to treat additional water, this expansion allowsfor increased efficiency, saving both water and money,” Director of Waterand Sewer Tim Perkins said. “It will no doubt serve our citizens well foryears to come.”The expansion project was completed under budget.Jim BoffVice ChairmanDistric t 5jjboff@forsythco.comPhone 678.513.5885Fax 770.781.2199JUNE EVENTSCounty CalendarJune 4June 6June 11June 18June 20June 25June 25Zoning Board of AppealsMeetingBoard of CommissionersRegular Meeting/Public HearingsBoard of CommissionersWork SessionPlanning CommissionWork SessionBoard of CommissionersRegular MeetingBoard of CommissionersWork SessionPlanning CommissionMeetingMeeting dates are subject to change. To receive themost current information regarding meeting dates,visit www.forsythco.com.Still Time to Sign Up for Summer CampsForsyth County Parks and Recreation is hosting a variety of summer day camps and there is still time to sign up!Themed day camps, Safety Town camps and art camps are a few of the many offerings available for summer fun.Visit www.forsythco.com/parks for details and for registration.Spray Pad Now OpenThe spray pad at Old Atlanta Park is now open for theseason! Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 perperson (one year old and up). Annual individual passes areavailable for $30 and annual family passes are availablefor $50.Old Atlanta Park is located at 810 Nichols Road.TV FORSYTH Tune InDid you know that meetings of the Forsyth CountyBoard of Commissioners, Planning Commissionand Zoning Board of Appeals are broadcast liveon TV Forsyth, Comcast channel 23, and are alsostreamed live online at www.forsythco.com?Even if you are unable to attend county meetingsin person, TV Forsyth helps you stay connectedwith Forsyth County government.For information,visit www.forsythco.com/parks.To Your County GovernmentAlso tune in to TV Forsyth for these rebroadcasts:Board of Commissioners meeting rebroadcastWednesday, Saturday and Sunday at noonPlanning Commission meeting rebroadcastFriday at noon and Sunday at 5 p.m.Zoning Board of Appeals meeting rebroadcastMonday at noon and Saturday at 5 p.m.Email questions, comments or suggestions to thecurrent@forsythco.comFORSYTHCOUNTY Department of Communications110 E. Main St., Suite 210 | Cumming, GA 30040 | 770.781.2101 | www.forsythco.com | TV Forsyth – Comcast Channel 23

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